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Blinn hosts fifth annual Summer Science Seminar for Teachers

Fourteen K-12 teachers learn techniques for engaging science students

July 10, 2014

Fourteen K-12 teachers Fourteen area teachers got a fresh look at science Wednesday during the fifth annual Summer Science Seminar for Teachers, hosted by Blinn College’s Division of Science, Engineering & Mathematics.

Presentations ranged from chemistry to microbiology to spiders, as kindergarten through 12th -grade teachers learned to engage their students in science from Blinn College – Brenham campus faculty during the daylong seminar.

“It’s a unique kind of professional development,” said Karen Killion, event facilitator and natural science instructor. “It’s great to help these teachers increase their knowledge base and get them a step ahead in the classroom.”

The seminar began in 2009 as a way to support professional development and introduce a handful of area high school teachers to the College and its science facilities.

Killion’s first experience with the seminar was five years ago as a science teacher at Brenham high school. She attended the seminar twice before joining Blinn as a faculty member in 2011.

“I always looked forward to the seminar as a teacher,” Killion said. “As a facilitator, I love the event because it attracts the best of the best who truly have a desire to learn and help others do the same. It’s an honor to work with such dedicated educators.”

Teachers left the seminar Wednesday with not only a wealth of new tools for their classrooms, but eight hours of professional development credit and a grab bag full of hands-on activities provided through a donation from the Blinn College Foundation. Each teacher also took home door prizes donated by the Foundation and the College bookstore.

For information on next year’s Summer Science Seminar for Teachers, contact Karen Killion at karen.killion@blinn.edu.

Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 18,413 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is currently implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled, “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.

Registration is currently available for the Summer II and Fall semesters. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

PHOTO – Area kindergarten through 12th grade teachers learned a variety of skills, including this aseptic technique during a microbiology presentation, at the fifth annual Summer Science Seminar for Teachers on the Blinn College – Brenham campus.